1. Fallaryn

    Fallaryn New Member

    Feb 3, 2011
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    Hello there!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Fallaryn, Feb 3, 2011.

    My name is Stacie, I'm eighteen going on nineteen in March. I have been into creative writing since I was eight or nine years old.

    It all started when my teacher assigned my fellow classmates and I homework, pertaining to writing a short story for Halloween, so of course it had to relate to the day somehow. I wrote about five pages about four hunters who were out in the woods, camped in an abandoned cottage for the night, and were ambushed by a pack of wolves. The lone surviving hunter, the youngest and most innocent, was spared and turned into a wolf himself.

    Since then I have written a handful more of short stories that were set by my teachers, each one of them - including the hunter story - being so good either I or my teacher read it aloud to the class. My final story for academic purposes was written during my final English exam this past June... despite the story being rushed due to lack of time (I was given extra time, to boot), my teacher loved it.

    It was about a boy who was the only survivor of a train wreck in the mountains, pursuing a journey of survival and emerging as a more mature child in the end. I have a nagging suspicion my exam has joined the pile of former exams used to show to future students who are preparing for it. (Not to be arrogant or anything! I just have a feeling.)

    Since I was about eleven I decided I wanted to write novels, but whether or not I would become a famous bestseller... that has been and still is a dream.

    Right now I'm working on a story that was inspired by a dream I had in grade ten... I think it was December 2007 or somewhere around there. Originally I named it "The Barrier Castle," but now that I'm developing it more it may need a more suitable name. My only real challenge right now is to make it novel-length, as I've never written more than about 15 pages for a story in my entire young life.

    Anyway, that's enough about me and my literary history. Thanks for reading!
  2. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the forums! :)
  3. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Helloo, and welcome Stacie. :)
  4. ArtWander

    ArtWander New Member

    Jan 24, 2011
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    Redlands, CA
    Welcome! :) I look forward to seeing some of your work.
  5. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Stacie, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!

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